14.5” circumference x 4” diameter x 3” high
Tiny, hand-embroidered stitches on natural handwoven cotton
Printed cotton lining
As was the custom, a Turkmen mother (most likely from the Tekke tribe) made this little hat for her young child. The stitches are so tiny one needs a magnifying glass to see them clearly.
It was thought that a person’s head was a particularly vulnerable place for evil spirits to enter, especially a child’s head. Caps served as protection from these malevolent forces.
If you are interested in this baby’s hat please contact Susan Meller.